A businessman, Mr. Adamu Garba, on Tuesday, filed a $1 billion-dollar suit against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Twitter International Company, Jack Dorsey, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over alleged sponsorship of the ongoing #EndSARS protest across the country.
Garba instituted the case with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1391/2020 through his lawyer, Abbas Ajiya.
Further, he urged the court to direct Dorsey to stop Twitter operations in any part of Nigeria.
The case is yet to be assigned to a judge.
Also joined as respondents are the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF); National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of Department of State Service (DSS). Also joined in the suit is the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC); Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC); Jack Dorsey, Twitter International Company and the #ENDSARS protesters as 2nd to 10th respondents respectively.
Garba, who is the CEO of IPI Group Limited, said the suit was filed to enforce his fundamental rights; pursuant to Provisions of Order II Rules 1, 2, and 3 of the Fundamental Rights Rules 2009; Sections 34(1), 35(1), 41(1), 43 and 46(1) and 2 of the 1999 Constitution; as well as Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and People’s’ Rights Act CAP. A9, LFN 2004.
The applicant sought the court’s declaration that the mode of sponsorship and protest of the #EndSARS protest; by the 8th to 10th respondents is illegal, unlawful and a violation of the Applicant’s fundamental right to liberty; dignity of human person, freedom of movement and economic right guaranteed and protected under the Nigerian constitution.
Also listed below are some of the prayers of the plaintiff.
“A DECLARATION THAT the 1St to 6th Respondents have the constitutional and statutory duties to protect lives and property of citizens and ensure the existence of peace and order in any part of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as provided under Section 5(1)(a) & (b) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1990 (as Amended).
“AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining the 8th to 10th Respondents whether by themselves or by their officers; agents, servants, privies and/or otherwise however called; from further sponsoring and staging the #EndSARS protest or any protest in any other manner, howsoever described that infringes on the Fundamental Rights of the Applicant (Adamu Garba) as guaranteed by Section, 34(1), 35 (1) and 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap. A9, 2004.
“AN ORDER of this Hon. Court directing the 1St to 6th Respondents to take measures to stop the 8th to 10th Respondents from further sponsoring and carrying out the #EndSARS protest using force that is reasonably appropriate in the circumstance of the Protest.
“AN ORDER Directing the 7th Respondent to stop the operation of Twitter Int’l Company in any part of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“AN ORDER directing the 8th and 9‘h Respondents jointly to pay the Applicant the sum of 61 Billion USD (One Billion US Dollars) as damages.”